Douglasville, Georgia Hooters Girl claims exclusive title and $30,000 cash prize at 22nd Annual Hooters International Pageant in Charlotte
A passionate and ambitious 20-year-old, Laiken scoops a $30,000 cash prize and becomes the newest face of the iconic Hooters brand. Her brand ambassador responsibilities include contributing to Hooters marketing initiatives and special events throughout the year, as well as leading the #Hooters9 Crew in cheering on NASCAR’s No. 9 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 driver Chase Elliott.
“Being crowned Miss Hooters International is both a dream come true and an honor for me,” said Laiken. “All of us girls share a common thread – a passion for serving our Hooters guests. I can honestly say each one of us gave it our all during Pageant. I’m looking forward to representing Hooters both at home and overseas, and giving back to the brand that has afforded me so many wonderful opportunities already.”
Laiken and her fellow contestants were evaluated based on responses to interview questions, personality and overall contribution to the iconic Hooters brand, as well as swimsuit and hometown costume attire. They were selected from a pool of more than 18,000 Hooters Girls who presently work in one of the more than 425 Hooters locations worldwide. The Hooters International Pageant is the culmination of local and regional contests.
A seven-person panel of judges included Chase Elliott, driver of the No. 9 Hooters Chevrolet Camaro ZL1; Ryan Blaney, driver of the No. 12 Ford Fusion; Brittany Cartwright, former Hooters Girl and one of the stars of the hit series, Vanderpump Rules; Lynn Austin, the original Hooters Girl; Ovince Saint Preux, UFC Fighter; Mario Addison, defensive end for the Carolina Panthers; and Kim Coon, former contestant on the hit series, The Bachelor, Miss Sprint Cup and NASCAR’s Glass Case of Emotion podcast host.
The top five Hooters Girl finalists are first runner up, Rachel Swartz, Hooters of Bossier City, Louisiana; second runner up, Hannah Williams, Hooters of Las Vegas, Nevada; third runner up, Amberly Hall, Hooters of Nashville, Tennessee; and fourth runner up, Trazia Morgan, Hooters of Concord, North Carolina.
Rounding out the top 10 in alphabetical order are, Alaia Peterson, Hooters of Downers Grove, Illinois; Allison Calderon, Hooters of Miami, Florida; Jorra Stewart, Hooters of Schererville, Indiana; Mariana Sibaja, Hooters of San Jose, Costa Rica, and Michaela Holliman, Hooters of Orlando, Florida.
Additional awards went to Mariana Sibaja, Hooters of San Jose, Costa Rica, who was voted Miss World; Sidney Pickman, Hooters of Louisville, Kentucky, who was voted Miss Photogenic; Francheska Peralta, Hooters of New York, New York, who was voted Miss Congeniality; and Hailey Slobodzian, Hooters of Fort Myers, Florida, who was voted Miss Fan Favorite.
To close out the 22nd Annual Hooters International Pageant, country music singer-songwriter Jake Owen performed a special concert.
Prior to competing for the exclusive 2018 Miss Hooters International title, all 80 contestants spent a good part of the week volunteering in the Charlotte community, including sorting donations with Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina as well as assembling care packages for the USO of North Carolina and Magic Kits for Victory Junction’s Reach program. Each organization was presented with a $5,000 donation.
The Hooters Girls also delivered care packages to Atrium Health Levine Cancer Institute’s breast cancer patients and presented a $10,000 donation. Over the years, Hooters has raised more the $5.3 million for breast cancer research through its annual Give A Hoot campaign.
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About Hooters of America, LLC
Hooters of America, LLC, is the franchisor and operator of more than 425 Hooters restaurants in 39 states and 31 countries. Known for its world famous Hooters Style chicken wings, the first Hooters opened its doors in 1983 in Clearwater, Florida. Expectations were so modest at the time that the simple fact the doors opened was deemed worthy of a toast. Since then millions have been liberated from the ordinary at Hooters while enjoying great food, fun and one-of-a-kind hospitality that can only be served up by the Hooters Girls. For more information about Hooters visit www.hooters.com or follow us at twitter.com/hooters, facebook.com/hooters, instagram.com/hooters or on Snapchat at “hooters.”